Mullen's Property Rentals / Slumlords
I corresponded with Carla and Jack Mullen, via the internet for several months while living in Florida. We had arranged to rent a property off of her, she had told us that the house would be ready for our family of 8 to move into on the weekend of April 4th, 2015. Her website states that they offer quality homes that are regularly maintained, and I had done extensive searching online to verify that she was legit.
After our 1200 mile journey with our 6 kids, we arrived late at night, and expected her to leave the keys for us to be able to move right in. When we arrived at the address, she and her husband were here at the house, frantically trying to clean the place up. It was FILTHY.
She greeted us at the door and immediately asked us if we wanted the bad news first (there was NO good news).
She informed us that there was a break-in the day before, and that the copper plumbing had all been taken out of the basement. We had no running water.
Then she informed us that there was no heat in the house, and we'd have to use small space heaters. There was a hole in the ceiling where water was coming in from, and she had buckets underneath to catch the water.
We literally had no place to go. It was 10 pm and we had our 6 kids with us, we were tired and weary from our trip and just wanted to sleep. She assured us that the water would be on the next day, and since we literally had no other place to go, we stayed the night.
The next morning, she came by to turn the water on. It took a few days, but she did get it back up and running. However, there was no hot water, due to the hot water heater being submerged in water prior to all of this.
It took a week and a half until we finally had hot water.
She then offered us another property up the street from this one. We went to check the place out, and by her own admission it had a broken main plate that was being supported by a number of jacks in the basement. It was also infested with roaches, and riddled with animal feces. We told her not to bother.
Fast forward about a month and a half, and the roof finally was fixed, but the interior work was not. My husband fell THROUGH the floor, and to save her own backside, she frantically worked until 10 pm trying to get the hole covered. Something that should have been done before we even arrived here from Florida.
We had the code enforcement officer come out to inspect the property. He had found a ton of mold throughout the entire house. Electrical wiring that was faulty, among other things. Not to mention the roof, floor, and hot water heater that she installed were all by law required to be done by a professional contractor and inspected by a legitimate inspector. Which they were not.
Hence he deemed the house unlivable. Now we're stuck trying to pick up the pieces, we spent all of our money just getting up here and putting our down payment on the house. Now we cannot afford to find another place, and are waiting for legal proceedings.
In short, steer clear of Carla and Jack Mullen of Mullen's Property Rentals in Clearfield County Pennsylvania. They are slumlords, and do not deserve the right to supply families with homes.